In big breaking news, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has awarded its duty free liquor & tobacco concession to the CDF-Lagardère Company Limited (CDF-Lagardère) joint venture, and the perfumes & cosmetics & fashion accessories concession to Shilla Travel Retail Hong Kong Limited (Shilla)
Both retailers will begin operations at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) from November 2017. The awards each follow highly competitive open tenders which attracted many of the world’s most powerful travel retailers (see list of bidders below). The incumbent was DFS Group, which chose not to bid on liquor & tobacco and failed to retain perfumes & cosmetics and fashion accessories.
Airport Authority Hong Kong Executive Director, Commercial Cissy Chan said: “As a world-class international and regional aviation hub welcoming over 70 million passengers in 2016, we strongly believe that this collaboration will form HKIA’s signature stores, introducing attractive and diverse choices, sought-after brands, as well as unique and engaging shopping experiences.
“We are confident that the new concessions will elevate the overall airport experience and create a new shopping journey for the worldwide passengers.”
The liquor & tobacco concessionaire will have the flexibility to include complementary products and upmarket gourmet food items. The perfume & cosmetics and fashion accessories concessionaire will offer a one-stop shopping destination for beauty and fashion accessories, such as sunglasses, fashion watches, small leathergoods and handbags.
HKIA’s new liquor & tobacco concessionaire will be introducing several new experiential concepts, including the widest assortment of Chinese liquor yet seen in travel retail; a whisky chamber bringing an extensive offering under one roof; an in-store VIP lounge; tasting bars and more.
Shilla will bring a wide spectrum of beauty products and fashion accessories representing almost 100 brands that are new to HKIA. The offer will include a dedicated zone for male-specific products, as well as a ‘New Generation’ zone providing a platform for emerging Korean and Japanese brands.
(Source: Moodie Davitt Report)